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rl_83 commented about 1946 night view courtesy of the Vancouver Public Library. Previous dead links. on May 30, 2014 at 4:34 am

It wasn’t just Ivan, everyone in town called this stretch of Granville “ Theatre Row ”. Too bad it doesn’t look like this today!

rl_83 commented about Projection Room on May 28, 2014 at 11:31 am

The model was a Rank RK-60 35/70mm Projector. It was made by Cinemeccanica, which later called these machines Victoria 8. This one being a RK-60, puts it made between 1958 and 1960. This one was made in 1958, as the first two digits of the serial number started with 58.

Lamphouse was a Strong X60c.

rl_83 commented about Projector #2 on May 28, 2014 at 11:26 am

Funny how’s that’s the same projector, by the time I saw it in person, all the stuff had been stripped from it!

rl_83 commented about Caprice Showcase Theatre on May 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm

That’s an older photo, the current sign has been there longer than 2009.

rl_83 commented about Paradise Theatre on Sep 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm

The Lyric didn’t have an easy time running Caligula, I remember years ago doing research on Vancouver theatres, coming across an article about the protests over the screening of this film. I’m sure that led to the longevity of the run. This was around 1981.

rl_83 commented about Paradise Theatre on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Now known as “ Joe’s Apartment ”, yet another bar on Granville.

rl_83 commented about Hollywood Theatre on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:55 pm

The Hollywood is back showing movies, but more as a special event. They recently played Back To The Future and Lawrence of Arabia in 35MM.

rl_83 commented about Denman Place Cinema on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Granville #1 and # 2 were located under ground as well.

rl_83 commented about Cinema 319 on Aug 15, 2013 at 4:25 am

Its currently named ‘ Cinema 319 ’ and is technically still open, but for private events.

rl_83 commented about Park Royal Cinemas on Jul 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm

The cost of the land is probably what’s holding back any new multiplex builds. Cineplex I heard wants to open a new complex in West Vancouver.

Esplanade IMO, the bottom level at least, could be converted to stadium seating with some effort. They would lose a lot of seats but it could be done.

rl_83 commented about Willowbrook 6 Cinemas on May 29, 2013 at 1:17 am

I don’t know much about this theatre except they ran Simplex projectors, and were one of the first installations of Dolby Stereo out in the Suburbs.

rl_83 commented about Stanley Theatre on May 29, 2013 at 1:10 am

It doesn’t surprise me that the town drunk tried to kill it.

The Stanley at that point, and even later on when it was THX certified in 1985, was a top notch building head to toe. The Chain treated the building with TLC, and technically, it was probably better than most of the newer complexes built today.

Rumor has it that they moved the THX system over to Station Square #1 “ Bijou ” after the Stanley closed. I do find this hard to believe, as the Station Square opened with this screen already certified some three years earlier.

rl_83 commented about Uptown Theatre on May 29, 2013 at 12:36 am

“ Ignore the troll ”


rl_83 commented about Park Theatre on Feb 27, 2013 at 9:52 am

I can almost guarantee you that they will no longer be programming art films there.

rl_83 commented about Ridge Theatre on Jan 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm

The Ridge is set to close February 3rd, 2013.

rl_83 commented about Hollywood 4 Cinemas on Dec 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm

A bit of a correction to the above information,

Cineplex Odeon closed Scott 72 in late December 1998, just as their Strawberry Hill Cinemas were opening.

It was taken over my “ A Theatre Near You ” group and become “ Bollywood Cinemas ” first, then about a year or two later, became a 2nd run venue for Hollywood films, hence the re-name to “ Hollywood Cinemas ”.

ATNY group dropped the lease around 2004, when the old Caprice location in Newton became available.

They uninstalled all the equipment from Scott 72 and was reinstalled into the old Caprice location.

rl_83 commented about Park Theatre on Nov 28, 2012 at 1:14 am

The Park was the only location in Vancouver to be equipped for “ SENSURROUND ” in 1974 for EARTHQUAKE.

Was a 35mm 4track MAG presentation.

rl_83 commented about 5th Avenue Cinemas on Nov 28, 2012 at 1:06 am

Actually Chuck, the smallest screen ( #1 ) has 88 seats.

The numbers out there are from when the place opened in 1996, but the seats were replaced in 2006.

The Big house ( #3 ) has around 320 now.

rl_83 commented about Capitol 6 Theatre on Nov 28, 2012 at 12:55 am

Cap 6 was pretty much a cesspool right at the end with ads for the new Paramount ( later named Scotiabank ) all over the place.

The place did have an odd, musty smell to it. But I don’t think it was cigarette smoke.

The chairs left an odor on your clothes, and the stairway on the south side of the building, which oddly enough had a bathroom mid way between the 1st and 2nd floor, reeked of piss.

The place also had major water damage from leaks that were not repaired promptly. The Granville side entrance, which had skyline windows in the ceiling leaked for some time before it was fixed ( or was it? ) and caused brown stains all over the ceiling of the granville entrance roof.

I also recall at a sneak peek of the first “ Underworld ” , looking up at the booth and seeing what looked like black tarps or garbage bags taped to the ceiling of the booth.

But all in all, I still loved the place. The Main house ( #1 ) was something that cannot and will not be matched in terms of the size, uniqueness, and just pure awesomeness.

I fully blame FP for not taking care of it properly and letting it die a horrible death, leaving it’s last years' a dark spot on the memories of many movie-goers.

rl_83 commented about Vogue Theatre on May 28, 2012 at 4:25 am

The Vogue was back running film again at VIFF 2011. I’m told they now have Dolby Digital. Still the same Victoria 10 projectors from way back when, running 6000 reels.

CP200 as of 2010 did handle the audio.

rl_83 commented about Varsity Theatre on May 28, 2012 at 4:22 am

The Varsity has the honor of running the last 70mm print in Vancouver. It was Hamlet in 1997.

rl_83 commented about Twilight Drive-In on May 28, 2012 at 4:18 am

This drive-in was created when the owners, whom used to own the Hillcrest Drive-In in Langley sold to developers when Langley went though an insane development process.

rl_83 commented about Uptown Theatre on May 28, 2012 at 3:53 am

The decision to close the Uptown was probably more related to Real Estate assets rather than anything to do with Wheelchair Access.

If the story of the Uptown is anything like the Capitol 6 was in Vancouver, FP owned the property. Even in 2005 dollars, the property was worth tens of millions of dollars. Guess what replaced it? “ The Capitol Residences ”. Sound familiar?

The overly bloated figure of $700,000 ( maybe they got quotes from government contractors ) seems to be totally unrealistic, and used the whole fiasco as a vehicle to unload some prime Toronto real estate.

That’s my thoughts on the subject.

rl_83 commented about Landmark 12 Guildford on May 25, 2012 at 2:05 am

The expansions in 1977 and 1986 I believe turned the original screen ( now #7, used to be #1 ) into a twin and then a 4 plex.

The building in its current form has remained unchanged since it’s 1998/1999 expansion into the 12 screen.

There was no additional expansions in 96, or 2005 despite incorrect information out there.

Screens 3-10 were THX certified until Empire’s takeover in 2005. This complex features all digital projection now.

rl_83 commented about Silver City Riverport Cinemas on May 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

The Imax film projector remains installed along side the digital system.